Safest Cities in FloridaThe Top 50 Safest Cities in Florida
Florida’s Safest Cities
While Miami may make all the headlines when it comes to crime rates in the Sunshine State, our research indicates that Florida can also claim is is home to some of the of the safest communities in the southeast. With it’s warm climate, world class beaches and theme parks Florida is a thriving vacation destination as well as a popular retirement location.
The state crime ratings are somewhat middle of the pack.
Florida State Average Violent Crimes
(per 100,000 residents)
Florida State Average Property Crimes
(per 100,000 residents)
However, Florida is home to a number of communities with outstanding reputations for low crime rates which are well below these numbers. Following are the top cities with populations above 5,000 which have been recognized as the safest cities in Florida.
Marco Island, FL
Bay Harbor Islands, FL
Longboat Key, FL
Satellite Beach, FL
Punta Gorda, FL
More of the Safest Cities in Florida
North Palm Beach
De Funiak Springs
Indian Harbor Beach
St. Augustine Beach
Sunny Isles Beach
North Bay Village
Port St. Lucie
Methodology – How we selected the Top 50 Safest Cities in Florida
To determine the safest cities in Florida, we analyzed the most recent (2016) FBI Uniform Crime Report figures for cities with a population of 5,000 or more, who reported their crime stats.
We considered both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder,rape and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft). These figures were weighted to reflect the severity of the crime. Violent crimes were factored by .75 and property crimes by .25.
This number was then divided by the population of the community and normalized the statistical finding to weighted crimes per 100,000.
While no rating system is perfect, this provides a strong statistical indicator of the overall safety of the community. If you are considering relocating to Florida, these communities are among the top safest cities in which one could reside.
However, it is important to understand that not all cities report their data…and that certain areas within any city may be much safer than others. This is especially true in larger metropolitan areas. Consequently, one should investigate individual neighborhoods within the community communicate with local law enforcement to get a better picture of the safety on a local neighborhood level.
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